Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Manchester City are 'untouchable' - Manchester United's Jose Mourinho

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Cary Erickson | 09 November, 2018, 15:21

Cristiano Ronaldo could not hide his frustration that despite scoring his first Champions League goal for Juventus the Italian side "gifted" a dramatic late 2-1 victory to Manchester United.

"I want to play it as an isolated match, a difficult match against a difficult team, but they will also think it's a difficult match for them".

"I didn't offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder".

Juventus let slip a 1-0 lead when Juan Mata struck a superb free-kick in the 86th minute, before Alex Sandro diverted the ball into his own net with a minute of normal time left.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci angrily approached Mourinho as he cupped his ear at the Bianconeri fans and the United coach was escorted off the pitch by a UEFA official and some members of his staff.

Man United will need to perform with the same vigour and discipline they showed in Italy - and then a bit more - to get a result against a Man City team which has scored 12 goals in its last two games.

It was Juve's first loss in any competition this season. I can not say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two different matches away against two very good teams - Chelsea and Juventus - and we managed to get good results.

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"But the others didn't forget".

"We dominated for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could have killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished".

Instead they must now wait for the remaining games against Valencia and Young Boys to seal their passage to the next round. "We should've won the game easily". We didn't have him in the first leg, Juventus introduced (Andrea) Barzagli to control us, but we immediately went direct and got the goals.

The win took United to seven points, two behind their hosts but crucially, two ahead of Valencia, with two matches left.

Next up for United is Sunday's derby at Manchester City, where a good result for the visitor would truly silence Mourinho's numerous critics this season.

"We want to play well, we want to go to every stadium and do that, no matter which team we are against".